Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Pale Male a father again! + News from the Migration

Pale Male, standing guard on a balcony near nest - April 22, 2013
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Big news of our hero Pale Male,   received last Sunday [4/21/13]  from Hawkwatcher Donegal Browne


Just got word from Stella who is in the park.   Today at 3:00PM Pale Male brought a rat to the nest.  Octavia began tearing it into small bits, and then made feeding motions.

Feeding has once again begun at Fifth Avenue.


Spring Migration news from Nadir Souirgi:


Central Parks North End was a bit birdier than expected this morning. While numbers were low and what was seen was probably a reshuffling of migrants already present; it was a small joy all the same. 
The North Woods was the most productive area, (no untoward individuals spotted this AM, thankfully) with one bright male Northern Parula, two singing Black-throated Green Warblers, the second confirmed by Matthew Rymkiewicz, multiple singing Yellow-rumped Warblers, at least 4 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, a Blue-headed Vireo and many Ruby-crowned Kinglets singing high in the trees. As one birder pointed out, it seems like almost all of the Junco's and Chippies have left the north end. I encountered just one small mixed flock on the Great Hill. A relatively larger number of freshly molted White-throated Sparrows remain, with many of them observed feeding high in the canopy, as is typical this time of year. What are they eating? seeds, buds, hatching insects? Aside from the now ubiquitous Towhee, there was a lone Swamp Sparrow in the Loch, one singing Palm Warbler also on the Great Hill, and one very drab female Pine Warbler at Nutter's Battery. I also noted three Herring Gulls traveling north and with purpose. They were high and not wheeling around, so I wondered if they were migrants?
A quick look at lunch time yesterday also had a small number of birds, which I mention in the event that they stayed on: a really pretty Prairie Warbler in the Loch, Pine Warbler's at Nutter's, including a really bright male, Black-and-White Warbler at Duck Island (the small island in the S.W. corner of the Meer), and five Field Sparrows on the Grassy Knoll. Tomorrow is looking better.

Good Luck,

Nadir Souirgi